UND forward Nick Schmatlz (Peter Bottini UND Athletics)

Johnson Steals Win for Fighting Hawks

Last night, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks shutout the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3-0. The Bulldogs threw the kitchen sink at the Hawks, but couldn’t get anything past UND sophomore goalie, Cam Johnson.

Cue the hot goalie cliché’. This time, UND was on the right side of that equation.

How lopsided were the shots? The Bulldogs outshot the Fighting Hawks 40-22 but were unable to put any pucks in the twine.

It was evident that the Fighting Hawks weren’t at the top of their game, but they were able to get outstanding goaltending and steal a game they probably had no business winning.

UND raced to a three-goal lead, and then hung on to secure the win. If Johnson had been off of his game, the Bulldogs probably would have won 7-3. Nonetheless, UND escaped with the 3-0 win over the Bulldogs, UND is (15-2-2, 8-1-0 NCHC). After nine games, UND is in sole possession of first place with 24 points.

If you’re not impressed with Johnson’s play, here’s something to chew on, Johnson is (6-0-1, 1.34 GAA and .947 SV%). Over the last three weekends, Johnson is (5-0-0, 0.60 GAA, .979 SV% and 2 shutouts). After giving up two goals on the first four shots that he faced this season, Johnson has a .956 save percentage.

“I thought Cam Johnson played an outstanding game tonight,” Fighting Hawks head coach Brad Berry said. ”He won the game for us.”

UND will go for the series sweep tonight at 7:07 pm CT. Since the Bulldogs opened Amsoil Arena in December of 2010, UND is 5-1-0 (.833) on the Bulldogs home ice.

CBS Line Continues Torrid Pace

The CBS Line is Fighting Hawks top forward line and they have been on a torrid pace the last 10 games. During those 10 games, UND is 9-1-0. Here’s how it breaks down.

Fighting Hawks freshman forward, Brock Boeser scored his 12th goal of the season to extending his point streak to nine games. During the eight-game point streak, Boeser has scored (6g-3a—9pts).

Fighting Hawks senior forward, Drake Caggiula who picked up an assist on Boeser’s goal now has a five-game point streak. During that five-game point streak, Caggiula has scored (6g-4a—10pts).

Fighting Hawks sophomore forward, Nick Schmaltz has been on a torrid pace. He assisted on Boeser 12th goal of the season extending his point streak to 10 games. During those 10 games, Schmaltz has scored (3g-16a—19pts). After 19 games, Schmaltz has scored (3g-21a—24pts). Schmaltz is second in the nation in assists and fourth in the nation is scoring. (Link to stats)

For the season, Caggiula (13g-13a—26pts), Boeser (12g-8a—20pts) and Schmaltz (3g-22a—25pts) lead the Fighting Hawks in points. The CBS line has scored 40.2 percent of the Fighting Hawks goals this season.